Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Top 40 Country Songs for October 2017
Two newcomers that few country fans had heard of one year ago top the October 2017 list of great country songs. Find hits from stars like Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks ranked high, but it's rookies like Luke Combs and Kane Brown leading the way.
John Rich Lent a Police Officer His Gun During Las Vegas Shooting
John Rich of Big & Rich was at his Redneck Riveria bar in Las Vegas after performing the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night (Oct 1). He recalls a lockdown scene inside the bar during which he provided an officer with a firearm.
Maren Morris Releases ‘Dear Hate’ With Vince Gill After Las Vegas Shooting
Maren Morris decided there would never be a right time to release "Dear Hate," so she chose Monday (Oct. 2). The singer's duet with Vince Gill serves notice that love will conquer all.
Jason Aldean’s Label Gives Statement After Las Vegas Festival Shooting
An executive at Jason Aldean's record label expressed gratitude for being able to report the staff and artist roster is safe on Monday, but remorse that so many fans can't say the same.
Dee Jay Silver’s Baby Boy Was Three Doors Down From Las Vegas Shooter
As a gunman fired on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Dee Jay Silver and his wife hunkered down hoping they'd be able to see their little boy again. The baby was just three rooms away from the shooter.
Las Vegas Shooting Changes One Country Guitarist’s View on Second Amendment
A gun control debate in the wake of the deadliest mass-shooting in American history has begun and at least one country musician is flipping sides after being directly involved with the Las Vegas shooting.
Las Vegas Shooter’s Brother Describes Him as a Very Ordinary Man
The brother of the man responsible for the deaths of more than 50 people at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival says he's dumbfounded by the news.
Photos From Route 91 Festival Shooting Capture Humanity Amidst the Chaos
Photos from the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting show chaos but also great humanity as people worked to make sure everyone had a chance to find safety.
Route 91 Festival Performers Mark Themselves Safe After Mass Shooting
A dozen country artists plus their band and crew were at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when gunfire broke out. Most have let fans know they are safe after the Las Vegas attacks.
Jake Owen Recounts Route 91 Festival Shooting From Side-Stage
Jake Owen was side-stage as shots began to ring out during Jason Aldean's performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The singer was able to give a horrific firsthand account of events.